The motion of a
ground-based moving target such as a car, truck, or military vehicle,
causes the radar signature of the moving target to shift outside of
the normal ground return of a radar image. Sandia has developed techniques
to automatically detect ground-based moving targets and to extract other
target information such as location, speed, size, and Radar Cross Section
(RCS) from these target signatures.
Resolutions are for original images prior to downsampling for world
wide web viewing.)
Laboratories and General Atomics participated in a data collection
for the DARPA sponsored Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement
(AMSTE) program during late October of 1999. The Sandia designed
Lynx® radar demonstrated exceptional reliability by gathering MTI
data on every single pass of the collection. The image below shows
three moving targets travelling on a runway at the Patuxent River
Naval Air Station. The runways are clearly visible near the center
of the image. Sandia has designed automated algorithms to detect
moving targets and extract other information (location, speed, size,
etc.) about the target. The
radar is sensitive enough to detect small automobiles at speeds as
low as 6 MPH and can measure the range to a moving target to better
than 2 m of accuracy.
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